ARTIST OF THE WEEK: NOCTURNAL PAPERFebruary 3, 2016
Nocturnal Paper’s punny Valentine’s Day cards are everything and more. From nocturnal scribbling as a child to a BA in Graphic Design as an adult, Nocturnal Paper has developed from a passion for doodling to a business in greeting cards that make us snicker. We caught up with Nocturnal Paper about colouring outside the lines, quitting her day job and finding inspiration.
UO: Can you tell us a little about your story so far?
As a child, when I would think of the word ‘celebration’, the first thing that came to mind was birthdays. I was that girl that would spend hours making birthday cards for my friends and family, whatever chance I would get. This was the part of me that brought out my eccentricity, doodling through the night for someone I loved. And that’s when I became nocturnal. Art and colour have always been a part of me, from colouring outside the lines at kindergarten, to studying GCSE Art and then BA Graphic Design at London’s Central Saint Martins. After a few years in the professional world, I decided to take the plunge and quit my day job in 2014. I began my stationery business by selling at craft markets in Hong Kong, which gave me a lot of exposure and feedback. Although I initially didn’t know what to expect, I was stocked in my first shop before the end of the year! Nocturnal Paper was getting noticed, and that’s how it all began.
UO: What originally attracted you to card making?
I love everything paper and I’m trying to bring back the personal touch to communication by creating pun-filled cards that break away from today’s generic, impersonal mobile messaging (I can’t lie – I love my iPhone but my love for paper is much more).
UO: Where do you seek inspiration / what inspires you?
I take inspiration from life, all the ish that I get up to, all the random things I eat (and all the random things that people eat on Instagram #foodporn), the people I meet, the chart topping songs and the hashtags that go viral.
UO: What’s your creative process, from initial idea to finished product?
I’m a scatterbrain! One minute I’m drawing and the next I am looking at my accounts excel spreadsheet poking my eyeballs with toothpicks.
UO: We love your illustrations of Kimye, Beyonce, Bieber, Rihanna – why did you start drawing celebrities?
They are #trending
UO: Who are you going to do next?
Whoever is #trending next!
UO: How would you describe your style in three words?
White, LOL and Punny
UO: What do you love most about your job?
Watching TV! A lot of my inspiration comes from all the random TV that I watch.
UO: What’s your favourite tool in the artist’s box and why?
Pencil. I’m old school that way.
Favourite way to spend a lazy weekend?
#NetflixAndChill (but to actually Netflix and Chill, HA!)
Pro or Anti Valentines Day?
Depends on my relationship status.
What’s next for Nocturnal Paper in 2016?
Paper is always going to be my biggest product, but I am now working on using my illustrations on other lifestyle products. Nail art decals are coming soon to get all our fingers on fleek!
The ultimate break up track is… Blue Jeans by Lana Del Rey
Most epic love song of all time is… For lazy morning lovin’ it’s Prayer in C by Lily Wood and The Prick, Robin Schulz and for night time lovin’ it’s 3500 by Travi$ Scott, Future, 2 Chainz.
Best romantic getaway… Tequila in Tulum!